January 15, 2018
Charity support is an important part of Solutions culture and every year, we have a tradition where we select a charity to sponsor. After much voting and consideration, we chose to support two similar charities close to our hearts for 2018 – The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and The Little Princess Trust (LPT).
In 1990, TCT opened their first unit and were the first charity to provide specialist cancer care for young people within the NHS. Their aim is to provide life-changing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone. Currently there are 28 specialist units and teams of experts, including one in Nottingham, offering young people with cancer the support and care they need from the moment they are diagnosed. Each of the units that TCT provide come with private rooms for those who feel more comfortable on their own or with their family, and provide one large day care room, where patients can relax in front of a TV, play consoles and board games, have a go at playing other patients or family members at pool and table tennis, and help themselves to free food and drink whilst on the unit. These units are vital to help ensure that young people have the most comfortable and stress-free experience whilst receiving treatment despite their distressing reality. They have specialists by their side whenever they need them whether that is for health support, financial support or any other kind of support that a patient may need.
Our second charity for 2018 is The Little Princess Trust. It was launched in 2006, aiming to provide young people up to the age of 24 with real hair wigs after being diagnosed with cancer. The wigs they provide are free of charge, paid for by the sponsors that LPT receive, and are given to those who have lost their own hair due to the effects of chemotherapy. LPT aim to provide a wig as soon as a patient is diagnosed. This helps to reassure patients in advance of losing their hair that their wig will be ready in place for them to feel as comfortable as possible without the hassle of waiting around for one to come. The charity work extremely closely with professional wig suppliers across the UK, including two in Nottingham, and do an amazing job of accurately providing the perfect wig for each individual, allowing young people to feel confident during these hard and upsetting times. They even replace any wig if a patient is unhappy, to ensure that they feel as comfortable as possible with their new hair. Without charities like LPT, young people would not gain the confidence and support that they need when dealing with such awful illnesses, so this charity is vital for those who are in need.
To help raise awareness and fundraise for TCT and LPT, we will be regular doing dress down days, bake sales and numerous games, raffles and tombola’s to help raise as much money as possible during the course of 2018. We will also continue our annual tradition of entering a team in the Great Nott’s Bike Ride and take on the challenge of the Nottinghamshire countryside for some extra donations.
We hope that our contribution to these two amazing charities will help make a difference to those brave young people and their families, allowing them to face cancer without fear.
As Marketing Assistant, Lily assists the Marketing Manager in promoting both the business and its services. She updates the website and ensures the content is relevant, is involved in the strategy and implementation of digital marketing as well as producing and updating company literature.
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